Costa Statement on Credit Rating Downgrade

Harrisburg – September 20, 2017 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement today concerning the downgrade of Pennsylvania’s credit rating by S & P Global Ratings due to failure to adopt a revenue plan with sufficient recurring revenues to balance the state’s budget. 

Instead, House Republicans voted to approved a plan that included $630 million in special fund transfers, which resulted directly in this credit downgrade.   

Senate Democrats Hail Gov. Wolf’s Call for Testing of Young Children

Senate Democrats have been in the forefront of efforts to address exposure to lead

Harrisburg – Sept. 1, 2017 – State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes and Senate Democrats applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s support of universal testing of children under the age of 2 to determine their risk of lead poisoning. 

The governor has urged the state Department of Health to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community partners on crafting legislation to compel testing of children under the age of 2 for lead exposure. 

Senator Costa Participates in the Inaugural CEO Soak at PPG Place Plaza to Support the ALS Association

August 3, 2017: Senator Costa participates CEO Soak. The purpose of this event is to encourage companies large and small from around the Pittsburgh region to raise money for a great cause: The ALS Association Western PA Chapter.

Costa, Dermody: House Republicans Using Universities as Budget Pawns

Harrisburg – July 19, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House Republican leadership’s continuing refusal to call the House into session to work toward closure on the 2017-18 budget:

“The House last met over a week ago without completing the work on revenue needed to finalize the state budget.  Republican Speaker Mike Turzai has not advised lawmakers of when the House might reconvene. 

Lawmakers Rally to Denounce ‘Repeal and Replace’ Health Care Plan

HARRISBURG, June 26, 2017 — Lawmakers from the state Senate and House of Representatives, along with Wolf Administration officials and advocates, denounced the latest attempt in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a rally today at the State Capitol.

The lawmakers said the Republican-led efforts in Washington will have an immediate and devastating impact on Pennsylvanians’ health care and will add to an already-gaping budget deficit.

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Costa Statement on Credit Rating Downgrade

Harrisburg – September 20, 2017 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement today concerning the downgrade of Pennsylvania’s credit rating by S & P Global Ratings due to failure to adopt a revenue plan with sufficient...

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